This post is sponsored by Russell Stover Candies which inspired me to write about what’s in my bag. You’ll see why a little further down.
I started out in life as a small-purse person. When I was in middle school, I so badly wanted one of those wooden handle purses where you could change the cover. Remember those?
Then I went into my pseudo-bohemian phase where I only used teeny tiny shoulder bags made in South American countries (remember the mall kiosks that sold all that stuff?). And I think when I went to college, it had to fit in my pocket or I wouldn’t carry it.
As you get older and especially once you have kids, you start carrying bigger bags because not only do you have more stuff to carry but you also have a family that expects you to carry everything in your purse.
It’s okay. I’ve finally embraced it and actually enjoy carrying a large tote. I enjoy being able to shove everything or nothing into that bag. Just shove and go. No strategic cramming or anything.
And because you’re probably here and reading this because you’re just as voyeuristic as I am, I’m going to let you peek inside that bag. Because the contents of a woman’s purse reveals so much about them.
First of all, I travel a lot so a lot of things in my bag are designed for ease and portability. Like this. It’s my travel computer. I have a big behemoth of a MacBook Pro at home from 2011. I’ve upgraded it beyond belief and I use it for big stuff like video editing. But it’s HEAVY. I love my little 12 inch MacBook for travel. I can take it anywhere!
I also like to compartmentalize things so I can easily take things in and out depending on whether I need them. I bought this little make-up bag at TJMaxx and use it to hold my “peripherals” – all those extra charging cords, earbuds, and microphones that you need for a social media life on the go.
It also holds my “extra” lipsticks. More on that in a minute.
I can’t stand to have naked lips ever. Like EVER. When I’m looking to be fully dressed up, I have to wear lipstick but the shade has to match my outfit and my mood, both of which are subject to change at a moment’s notice.
Two of my favorite lipsticks are L’Oréal Sunwash and L’Oréal Silverstone followed with a gloss. But in a pinch, I have my favorite Burt’s Bees Champagne lip shimmer. And often times, there are more lip products in my bag. It’s a problem.
Like lipstick, I also need sunglasses when I’m outside. I’ve been to known to buy an emergency pair (or borrow them) when I’m traveling. That’s how important they are. But like my lipstick, my mood changes and so does my preferred sunglasses. On the right are my fabulous Ted Baker sunglasses from Iristocracy. And on the left, a cheap pair from Target.
The other thing I do a lot, besides travel, is go to the movies. Now I love movie theater popcorn like no other and I’ll always buy my son an Icee (it’s kind of his thing) but I know I’m not alone in sneaking some snacks into the movie theater.
Russell Stover Candies has a new line of chocolates including snackable bites, barks, minis, and pretzels in resealable bags. My recent selection for the movies? Russell Stover Sugar Free Blueberry Bites and Russell Stover Milk Chocolate Pretzels, along with my favorite seltzer. I figure it helps balance out the calories.
Of course, I also have things like keys, pens, loose change, a little container of Advil (usually empty), and my wallet (a lovely yellow wristlet – also a steal from the Coach outlet). But lest you think I’m super organized, I also have plenty of junk in the form of random papers in my purse. Bigger purse, bigger mess.
Now that I’ve shown you the most intimate details of my bag, it’s time to focus on the most important things. THE CHOCOLATE!
Russell Stover sent me SIX bags of their new treats to try (I actually forgot about one in the refrigerator). I’m almost embarrassed to say how quickly my husband and son plowed through these bags. Their favorite: Russell Stover Pistachio Bark. My favorite: Russell Stover Milk Chocolate Pretzels.
So the next time you’re thinking about buying a new purse, remember that bigger is better and think of all the possibilities you can carry with you (especially to the movies!).